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Next Evolution Healthcare, Inc., Eases the Transition to Home Care for Patients and Families
By Nancy Kennedy


As a veteran of the front lines of healthcare, Daniele Doerfler, LPN, has firm ideas about what constitutes quality care, and she is eager to share that vision as she and a group of like-minded colleagues embark on a new venture in home healthcare: Next Evolution Healthcare Inc.

Next Evolution will provide skilled nursing, home care, palliative care, private duty and nurse visiting services to patients of all ages in seven counties throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania: Fayette, Somerset, Westmoreland, Washington, Greene, Indiana and Allegheny. According to Ms. Doerfler, home health is an undervalued aspect of the healthcare industry, but it is a necessary component and critically important to patients and families. All too often, she says, patients and families are not aware that they have options beyond long term care facilities, and patients who could return home, with care and support, are not given that opportunity. With Next Evolution, she plans to change that.

“Before I became an LPN, I was a CNA and I worked in facilities as well as in home care. From my perspective, the benefits of home care vs. facility care were obvious – keeping people in their own familiar environments, surrounded by family and personal belongings, helped them recover from illness and improved their quality of life. In home care, there is more emphasis on the emotional health of the patient, instead of just the clinical health.”

Danielle decided to focus on home care exclusively, specializing in pediatric home care, and gained experience in care of medically fragile infants and children. In addition, Doerfler quickly advanced to a management position and took on responsibilities for staff recruitment and training, plus marketing, for the home care agency. Recruitment of the right staff is the key to high quality home care, she believes, and she has initiated a strategy for identifying and recruiting nursing graduates from the region’s LPN programs. “We have a training program for newly recruited nurses; the program meets all the state guidelines so it enables us to have these nurses go right into home care instead of requiring them to first have hospital or long term care experience.”

In addition to her nursing experience, Doerfler has had diverse experience in business. She has been an assistant manager in retail stores, and has twice created successful non-profits. One of them, a non- profit in the Mon Valley, pioneered the largest backpack feeding program in southwestern Pennsylvania, providing emergency food boxes and care packages to food-insecure children and to victims of fires and natural disasters.

Next Evolution Healthcare will open in February 2020 as a licensed home care agency, staffed by clinical nursing supervisor, Theda Embacher, RN, and a team of experienced LPNs and CNAs: Stephanie Eiler, LPN; Lori Johnson, LPN; Shelly Hendricks, LPN; Amanda Fischer LPN; Holly Roebuck LPN; and office manager Heidi Fields. All of the LPNs are certified CPR instructors, and Next Evolution will offer CPR training to the community.

Healthcare industry leaders predict that that in the next decade, healthcare will largely shift from the hospital to the home. Next Evolution is perfectly positioned and prepared to meet the needs of patients and their families as they navigate the transition to home. Next Evolution has a “Care First” team who will ease the process by serving as the initial caregivers and becoming familiar with the patient and his medical needs, medical equipment, safety concerns and personal needs. The Care First nurse will then train the team who will become the consistent care providers in the home. “This approach helps the staff as well as the patient and family to become comfortable and assures the family that they will have the staff they need,” explains Care First nurse Stephanie Eiler, LPN.

“Our philosophy is ‘Evolving with our patients, for our patients,’ Danielle Doerfler explains. “The needs of our patients are always changing, and the healthcare system is always advancing, and we have to be ready to grow and develop ourselves in order to provide the highest quality home care. We are committed to filling in the quality gaps in home health care, with a focus on the patient as a whole person.”

To learn more, visit www.nextevolutionhealthcare.com or call (724) 201-1487.

Next Evolution Healthcare Provides a Range of Services:

  • Skilled nursing care for all ages, infants through older adults
  • Home care for all ages, infants through older adults
  • Care for medically complex infants
  • Exiting Doula services for those with life-limiting illness
  • Private duty nursing
  • Intermittent nursing visits
  • Initiate Nursing program for graduate nurses (training with an experienced nurse)
  • CPR instruction and certification (for organizations, individuals and the community)


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